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    The 2013 Development Effectiveness top 5 blog posts

    By - 7 de January de 2014, 8:41 am

    Top 5 2015 eng

    In 2013, we published 48 blog posts and had over approximately 36,000 visitors to our parallel sites in English and Español (Thanks!!).

    These are the top 5 posts by readership in English:

    And to our surprise, this 2012 blog on 8 qualities of good economists was also at the top for 2013.

    And the two posts with fewer visitors:

    Where the wild beasts are (and attack randomly) – maybe the title is not that good.

    Like water for economics –again the title, too cute because the video of the incredible MONIAC machine is awesome

    Try, learn, iterate, adapt

    By - 21 de November de 2013, 7:23 am

    Lant Pritchett’s alternative road to development effectiveness

    by Gastón Gertner*

    Is my work at IDB so far from this road?

    A few weeks ago, I sat at an Impact Evaluation Seminar organized by the Office of Evaluation & Oversight at the Inter-American Development Bank. Lant Pritchett delivered a provocative presentation: a sassy cocktail mix equally balanced in wit, irony and insights about development effectiveness. From the outset he seized everyone’s attention in the room with a simple question: is impact evaluation just a fad or a useful tool for development? His skepticism on the use of randomized controlled trials as a tool for development effectiveness draws on an array of different arguments, some new, others from ideas I have already heard in the past here.

    Lant claims there are four problems with RCTs in how they lead to development effectiveness: Read more…

    A must, must read

    By - 26 de September de 2012, 6:03 am

    critical importance of early childhood development

    James Heckman just published a must, must read on the critical importance of early childhood development.

    This is the first sentence.

    The accident of birth is a principal source of inequality in America today.

    And this is the last paragraph Read more…

    Cost Effectiveness: a new Guide for Health and Education

    By - 13 de December de 2011, 4:46 pm

    Cost-Effectiveness Analysis of Education and Health InterventionsWe have just published a new Guide, Cost-Effectiveness Analysis of Education and Health Interventions in Developing Countries written by Patrick McEwan, who teaches at Wellesley College.

    Cost effectiveness analysis is a straight-forward but hugely under-utilized tool.

    This paper reviews the framework and methods of cost-effectiveness analysis, emphasizing education and health interventions, and discusses how the methods are applied in the literature. Read more…

    A new evaluation guide for practitioners: labor market programs

    By - 8 de November de 2011, 6:43 am

    evaluation guide for practitionersWith the purpose of providing support for those in charge of overseeing evaluations, we at the Office of Strategic Planning and Development Effectiveness at the IDB are producing guidelines on selected topics and methods.

    This allows non-evaluators to understand the key steps that are necessary for a credible evaluation to take place. Our latest publication is Building an Evaluation Component for Active Labor Market Programs: a Practitioner´s Guide, written by David Card, Juan Miguel Villa and myself.

    This guideline emphasizes two popular evaluation methods, random assignment and difference-in-differences.

    Its application goes well beyond labor market programs, and walks the reader to the necessary steps for planning, implementing and using the results of an impact evaluation. Read more…

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